Orderliness of Hungry Monkeys


Sichuan province is the home of Mount Emei, one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. Visitors to the mountain will likely see dozens of Tibetan macaques, who can often be viewed taking food from tourists. Due to the Wuhan coronavirus situation, the tourists have stopped coming.

These are some hungry monkeys.

Next video to post: a scene of them getting fed. Check out their amazing orderliness.

#sichuan #emei #tourism #wuhancoronavirus

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Self-criticism For Progress

Can I share about my inner critic? Self-criticism played a role in my progress in school. It was like my “insurance policy”. As long as I was hard on myself, I felt I could progress. How about you? Today, for many of us, progress means a great internship / offer. That I define as the following, a job that:

appreciates your work,
challenges you
honors what you’ve learned
offers competitive compensation.

Could it happen at firms where my students are getting offers (MBB, JPM, F500 etc)?


Are there thousands of firms and good bosses out there that also can fit the bill?


But while we are updating about the status of the Wuhan situation, consider whether this inner critic is a “virus” that may be affecting and debilitating you, and could cause failure to launch.

If you want other people to conclude you are good / enough / 行, you need to conclude yourself that you are good / enough / 行.

Check if you go about your day saying that you are not good /...

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Thinking About Wuhan Family

The Chinese side of my family is from Wuhan. This is a photo at Moshan (磨山) one of my favorite places at the East Lake (东湖). Normally we would go to Wuhan in the summer. I know that sounds crazy because it’s hot, but that is when our Chinese Joint Ventures (our kids) have their school holiday.

We think about Wuhan all the time. We hope you and your family members are well.

Spring recruiting in China is suspended - as I hear from recent graduates in Beijing.

Do you want to work in North America this summer or this fall?

If so, experience in North America will raise your 起点 if you ever plan to work in China.

I’m a global exec giving back because I used to be an international student, too.

I’m happy to discuss how to:

hear back after applying
stay here
do well at job fairs
get interviews
negotiate the offer

If you don’t mind a little tech, here is a link to my calendar: https://lnkd.in/eqP_7R4

Can jump in there and find a time that’s best for you?


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Coronavirus: Latest Numbers

The latest official numbers on the Wuhan coronavirus at this link: http://bit.ly/2O8zm7Z

My in-laws are in Wuhan and they are doing their best!

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Spring Job Fairs of 2020

Spring job fairs of 2020: Are you in the mood to ace your upcoming job fair? If not, no problem. If yes, check out this live training recorded with my #datascience and #SWE mentors. Recorded live and free for you here for a limited time.

We cover:

  • The right philosophy with which to approach the job fair.
  • The Before, during and after of the job fair.
  • How international students handle the “we do not sponsor” question.

My goal for you: crush it!

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Job Board Algorithms: Are You Trapped by Them?

Job Board Algorithms: Are You Trapped by Them?

Have you given up control and let them trap you?
Here’s how to know.

If you answer yes to:

  • working really hard on the job search, applying to everything online, and that’s all you do
  • not consistently getting interviews
  • hearing “not hire international students” all the time.
  • feel frustrated
  • don’t have coffee chats on a regular basis
  • dream company lists not guiding your actions

Then you know you are trapped.

At any time, you can shift to:

  • get speaking to your dream companies
  • get consistent engagement from dream firms
  • experience growth in confidence, even enjoy the process
  • come out from this process with a great offer

Glad to chat about your situation, your goals, and share some advice via this link: https://lnkd.in/eqP_7R4

There is no need to keep doing something that isn’t working.

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Job Search: Strategy to Consider and Force of Effort

If you are looking for a job and you spend 30 min per day looking for a job...you will continue to be looking for a job. There’s job search strategy to consider, and then there is also the issue of the basic force of effort.

I held this friend to a higher standard of himself and he did eventually put in the work and get a great job.

Watch yourself and if you see yourself falling into a rut, pull out or have friends who can help you.

As my teacher says: self-discipline is doing something even when you don’t want to do it.

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On Being an International Student using LinkedIn

𝙊𝙣 𝙗𝙚𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙣 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙨𝙩𝙪𝙙𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙠𝙚𝙙𝙄𝙣 (LI). I got a question from a parent in China: is LI safe?

Her daughter was getting some messages that were not professional. The mom concluded that LI should not be used at all.

With 300m people on LI, LI reflects the broader society. There is good and bad. So, let’s use LI with a purpose, be professional and sidestep the bad stuff to get the results we want.

My mentees and I work through situations like this. I help apply a professional lens. People hire people, not resumes. We do need to meet people to get hired, and we need to be flexible with schedules + stay professional.

One female client connected to a manager at a famous company. That manager invited her for drinks and dinner. Drinks AND dinner? Red flag. Alarms went off. We had to respond cautiously.

Now, in NYC it is common to grab a drink after work. But I was fairly sure this guy was bad news.

I instructed her to say she had to keep it to a drink + that her friends...

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T Minus 30 Days until the University Job Fairs

Uncategorized Aug 02, 2019

T minus 30 days until the university job fairs where international students have to deal with the BS that most firms won’t consider them. Ariel trusted me as her mentor last fall as she was dealing with this. She landed a role at Emerson doing exactly what she came to the US to do.

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Calling All International Students


I used to be an international student and it was complicated.

Online applications were tough. It used to be the case that "not hearing back" was the biggest issue but now it seems like from every angle and direction all this negative news about how hard it is for international students to get hired... it's like employers are playing games with us.

But, dear international student... stay engaged keep going, find a mentor to help you get hired. Stay engaged, keep going because I want you to be happy.

I'm Stuart. I've been there and I'm a career guide.

Book a free coaching call on my website.


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